Report From The Field: KC Walpole

from KC, who has run a very successful and wide reaching prison program in Florda: Greetings: Hope everyone is well. The email I sent out yesterday on the program that is proposed for Gadsden CI was short and as much as anything a test to see if the computer would work on the...

Florida Prison Retreat

From KC Walpole: “Greetings: Hope this finds y’all in good spirits. Attached are the photos from the first interfaith retreat at Lawtey CI. there are five men that were on other details when the photos were taken. Can not help but say the photos speak for themselves....

Report from Recent Florida Prison Retreat

from KC Walpole: Today was the first day of our third MBSR retreat. At one point this afternoon, there were 57 ladies on the mats and in total silence. About 2/3ds of the room had never sat a retreat and the room was silent and still. The number is truly strange because Lowell CI...

PDN in NYT Today

Staring at Death and Finding Their Bliss, New York Times, Sept 13, 2007The inmates’ letters started to arrive at Jenny Phillips’s home in Concord, Mass., during the summer of 2002. For five years they’ve kept coming — 200 at last count, written by 14 men...

Difficulties in Prison Practice

By Ron B.  – prisoner For me I think the main difficulty in practicing zazen (or any type of meditation) in prison is lack of feedback. All the information I have has come from books, if I have a problem or question all I can do is go through the books again, where as if I...

Florida Womens Prison Retreat

from KC Walpole There are 10,000 words that could be said about the 2nd MBSR cycle and the five day retreat that followed. However, the photos taken on the last day of the retreat says more than anything that comes to my mind. We are talking about people that are undergoing a...

Meeting with H.H. Dalai Lama

Interview with Ananda Baltrunas, former prisoner September 2003 This past September, ex-prisoner Ananda Baltrunas attended a conference in New York City called “Healing Through Great Difficulty” along with many leading Buddhists in the country including Jack Kornfeld, several...
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